Modern Saints is a new series wherein I post biographical details and a few inspiring words from contemporary holy men and women who have not yet been included in the Synaxarion of the Orthodox Church (ie. have not formerly been canonized by the Church).
The following is an excerpt from the book Elder Arsenios the Cave-Dweller, pp. 38-39
Elder Arsenios’ like-minded sister, Parthena, was also tonsured a rassofore nun at the young age of 16, at the Holy Monastery of the Protection of God at Pontos, and renamed Efpraxia. Aflame with divine zeal, she also reached the sacred holy sites of Palestine and met up with her brother, Anastasios [Elder Arsenios’ pre-tonsure name], who arranged for her stay at the female cenobitic monasteries.
Parthena, the little sister of Anastasios, was not lacking in zeal or virtue. From many amazing incidents, I will mention only one from her first steps in monasticism. As her parents were from Pontos, they mainly spoke Turkish and knew a little Pontian. When they migrated to Russia, long before she followed the example of her brother. So she went to the Holy Monastery of the Protection of God at Pontos.
There, however, she couldn’t speak Greek nor even understand anything from the church services. This made her very upset. One night, she saw someone in her dream who asked: “Why, my child, are you so upset?”
“You see, Elder, I don’t know how to speak, nor to read, nor to write, nor to chant.”
“Don’t worry, my child. I will give you medicine for it.”
He opened her mouth and put inside something like a lolly. She ate it and woke up. Well, from that moment, her mind was and to understand, indeed very clearly, the meanings in the liturgical books.